Friday, August 20, 2010

Rough Risers to Celebrate 30 Years as a Club

Two thousand ten marks the 30th birthday of the Kiwanis Rough Risers club of Cedar Falls. The milestone will be celebrated with a birthday party at Hartman Reserve Nature Center on September 15.  The evening will begin with social time at 6:00pm, followed by dinner at 6:45 and program at 7:30pm.   

Present and past members, spouses and friends are invited to attend.  Cost is $15.00 per person and reservation deadline is September 8.  Reservations may be made by contacting President, Sue Loy at or by phone at 319-268-1120.

A special feature of the program will be the unveiling of the Rough Riser’s story for the first time on DVD.  It is a look back at the Clubs beginnings and how it has arrived where it is today. We will be celebrating the Club’s achievements and recognizing its accomplishments. We will also take a quick look into the future and where the group is headed.
Dinner will be a buffet, catered by Gary's Catering. The menu includes Medallions of Roast Beef in White Wine Sauce and Baked Chicken Breast in Vegetable Mornay Sauce, along with scalloped potatoes and green bean casserole. And, of course, we will have a birthday cake! If you want to attend but have special dietary needs, please let Sue know.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Notes from the Prez - NE-IA District Conference in Omaha

On August 13th and 14th I had the pleasure of representing the Cedar Falls Rough Risers at the district conference in Omaha.  It is always good to attend these meetings and visit with representatives of other clubs in the NE-IA District, meet some of the “names” that are in the newsletters and trade ideas for ways to make our clubs better.

The educational sessions I attended dealt with growing membership by making the weekly meetings more welcoming and a discussion on changes that are being made in club meeting structures to attract a variety of potential members.  Did you know that a new member forms an opinion about the club in the first 12 minutes after walking in the door?  That thought makes one stop and think of what a visitor to our meetings sees and remembers about us!  Ideas were shared on how to “take the meeting to the members,” whether this is through internet clubs or clubs established at a business where the employees participate.  Lots of food for thought!

I would highly recommend that all members get the next district meeting on the calendar.  Kiwanis has Priority One.  Let’s make Kiwanis a number one priority!